Catching Up with Debe Maxwell

Real Estate Agent with Front Gate Real Estate Broker 11085

I didn't need an excuse to call my friend Debe Maxwell, CRS from Charlotte, but it was nice catching up by phone today. Debe has a lot going on in her life, what with her and husband Ray purchasing a lake home, arranging renovations, getting her current home ready for sale, all while managing a successful real estate business at Re Max Executive. I'm happy we took a few minutes (okay, 30 minutes) to visit and exchange anecdotes about the business, comical personal situations, and learning to live with face masks while maneuvering home inspections and showings. 

Real Producers Debe Maxwell

Debe and I became "friends" through ActiveRain. I'm certain she has been an Ambassador since before I joined the platform a dozen years ago. She's so gracious and willing to help by reaching out to new and old members, offering encouragement and advice when needed. She invited me to attend the weekly Zoom meetings, to which I responded: I'd have to do hair and make-up to participate!

Debe is an original! We had the opportunity to talk a while back regarding a client of mine who was relocating to Charlotte. Although we had never talked before, it felt as though we had known each other for ages. She commented today that if we lived closer, we would spend lots of time together because of mutual interests and personalities. We laughed about my recent tumble (apparently we are both klutzes) and how we share a love of the water so I'm happy that she and Ray will soon be living the lake life.

We discussed how busy we are with real estate activity, how our mutual states are faring with the coronavirus, how sometimes we forget to wear our masks, and how we have to refrain from shaking hands with clients. We laughed over some of our similarities and took a few minutes away from a hectic life to just appreciate the conversation. It was a pleasure talking with Debe; I'd love to visit in person one day if we are ever in the same state.


PS: I did a little Facebook stalking and discovered Debe was the featured agent on the Real Producer magazine for September 2019. I couldn't think of a more fitting photo for this post.


This post was written in part for the July AR challenge - It's Time to Reach out and Touch Someone, Well... not Literally!

Comments (21)

Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Pat -  very nice detective work finding the magazine with Debe on the cover.  Nice post.  

Jul 15, 2020 05:12 PM
Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
& Host of Postcards From Success Podcast

Debe Maxwell, CRS is one of the gems here in Active Rain, such a great tribute to her. Nicely done.

Jul 15, 2020 05:30 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Retired Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Pat- I love that you called Debe Maxwell, CRS While I've never met her in person, I'm so enjoying getting to see her on our weekly Zoom meetings. 

Thank you for participating in the challenge. 

Jul 15, 2020 07:29 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Pat:

I have known Debe for a number of years and have had the pleasure of meeting her IRL on several occasions! she is everything she appears to be online, and more!

Fun read and a great entry!


Jul 15, 2020 07:29 PM
marti garaughty - Montreal, QC
a highly caffeinated creative type...



Jul 15, 2020 08:24 PM
Jeff Masich-Scottsdale AZ Associate Broker,MBA,GRI
HomeSmart Real Estate - Scottsdale, AZ
Arizona Homes and Land Group/ Buy or Sell

Very nice post Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty and what a great person to feature in  Debe Maxwell, CRS, Jeff 

Jul 15, 2020 11:15 PM
Eileen Burns
Trans State Commercial RE Ft. Lauderdale/Miami/Palm Beach - Fort Lauderdale, FL
FLorida Real Estate Connector

Great followup Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty Active Rain is a community builder nation for those who choose to participate.  Don't worry about your hair doo, just join the zoom and chat with us!  Debe Maxwell, CRS is a gem that continues to shine.  Love that hgtv show about Laurel MS as well

Jul 16, 2020 06:08 AM
Thom Abbott |770.713.1505 | Intown Atlanta GA Condo Living - Atlanta, GA
Midtown Atlanta GA Condos For Sale

I'm not sure if it's a good thing or a bad thing that Debe Maxwell, CRS and I don't live close to each the same city! Well it would be a good thing, because I think I'd be on her team. It would be a good thing to spend more IRL time with her....have not seen her now in 2 years I think?

Now the Bad thing.....I think we'd have a bi-monthly standing Happy Hour appointment. (Well I hope we would!) I guess that wouldn't really be a bad thing. 

Ok...never would be a good thing to live closer to her! One of my early introductions here in " The Rain" and it's been a great friendship over all the years, including a couple of our own group meetings! 

Those were the days....

Jul 16, 2020 08:25 AM
Eileen Burns

Thom Abbott what a sense of humor! definitely bring on happy hour to share our stories and whet our whistles

Jul 17, 2020 05:13 AM
Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty
Front Gate Real Estate - Brandon, MS
601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell

marti garaughty - sending a virtual hug for the feature in your group!

Eileen Burns - I told Debe I wasn't a fan of zoom meetings; I feel like I'm on television! LOL I also enjoy "Home Town", the TV show based in Laurel. Thanks for mentioning it and making the Mississippi connection.

Jul 16, 2020 08:54 AM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty - It is so nice that you were able to catch up with Debe Maxwell, CRS - She is a true Ambassador for ActiveRain and brings so much to this forum. 

Jul 16, 2020 11:03 AM
Jan Green
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

I'm not surprised Pat!  Debe is a wealth of knowledge and a friendly agent always willing to help and lend an ear.  Great post! 

Jul 16, 2020 02:09 PM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Pat Debe Maxwell, CRS is such a great person to talk to.  I have had the pleasure of both talking to Debe on the phone and in person.

Jul 16, 2020 06:18 PM
Ricki Eichler McCallum
CastNet Realty - Corpus Christi, TX
Broker,GRI,ABR, e-Pro, TAHS

Debe is a wonderful person and that photo of her is perfect for your post. :)


Jul 17, 2020 11:40 AM
Hannah Williams
HomeStarr Realty - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376

How could I have missed this post Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty  one of my favorite ladies in the Rain  Debe Maxwell, CRS  she is a beautiful person both inside and out great post and choice for  the July challenge

'Thank you for making it Rain 

Jul 20, 2020 02:04 PM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

That is a GREAT picture of Debe Maxwell, CRS and I thank you for sharing it Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty . I too wish Debe and Ray a great life at the lakes.

Jul 22, 2020 12:39 PM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker/REALTOR® - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

Wear a hat to the next zoom call! It's all good!

Debe would have been a fantastic person to call, great choice!

Aug 12, 2020 06:51 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

Oh my gosh, Pat! First of all, I am SO sorry that I am just now seeing this! You are right - it's been a crazy, busy time but, I still should have made it here sooner! I love you for your kind words and thhank you again for sharing them publicly. 

Everyone is right - wear a hat and come have fun with us on Tuesdays at 2PM EST. If it makes you feel any better, for the past month, I've been scheduling Tuesdays around moving times and have attended the meetings with my hair up and no make-up! (My BFF told me yesterday that she's never seen me with circles under my eyes...well, THANKS!! I've been moving 4,000 SF BY MYSELF! Okay, I did have movers but, there's a lot more to moving than what they do! LOL).

Thank you to everyone for your kind words too - this forum is near and dear to my heart. It changed my world - not just professionally either. I adore every one of you! 

Sep 06, 2020 09:15 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty - What a lovely story about the friendship you have with Debe Maxwell, CRS. I hope the two of you meet one day in person and will continue this great friendship. I wish both of you success and the fulfillment of all your dreams.  

Oct 13, 2020 07:21 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

Hey there! Checking in to see when we are going to see your smiling face and your delightful selection of a hat on our Tuesday ZOOM calls?!! We would LOVE to have you - you'd enjoy the group too. We have a stellar group each week! Come play with us, girl!

Oct 28, 2020 08:03 PM
Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty
Front Gate Real Estate - Brandon, MS
601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell

Debe Maxwell, CRS thanks for the reminder. Scheduling seems to be an issue, I need to put a weekly reminder on my phone. You know me well, a hat might be useful.

Oct 29, 2020 06:04 AM